Tim Cordes was a physician with blindness. He was the third blind medical student in the U.S in 1998. Despite his impressive resume, the University of Wisconsin’s medical school was the only one to accept him. They accommodated him and his service dog, Vance, went with him to clinicals.
Before Houdini died, he and his wife agreed that if Houdini found it possible to communicate after death, he would communicate the message “Rosabelle believe”, a secret code which they agreed to use. Rosabelle was their favorite song.
After being denied permission to construct a new building on an empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. The council approved thinking it was a septic tank. The man bought a Russian T-34 tank as a gift for his son, parked it on the lot pointing the gun at the planning office.
After the filming of “2001 a Space Odyssey”, director Stanley Kubrick destroyed nearly all of the film’s props so that they wouldn’t be used for “lesser” science-fiction films in the future.
Americans spend around $72B in lottery tickets every year, with the chances of winning being less likely than getting attacked by a shark, being killed by a vending machine, being elected president, being struck by lightning, coming down with the plague, or being killed by a falling coconut.
57% of all drivers in the United States admit they don’t use turn signals. Their reasons reveal the worst of driver psychology: Don’t have enough time.
In 1985, two Irish boys, aged 13 and 10, ended up in New York after sneaking onto a train and a ferry in Dublin, a train to Heathrow, and a flight to JFK, all without being caught.
Researchers asked four people to do random acts of kindness for others. Not only did it improve their own mood, but caused those strangers to be kinder to other people too. There is a ripple effect to kindness.
In 2013 the Zimbabwean Government admitted that their public account held a grand total of $217.
Reagan and Gorbachev agreed to fight aliens together. Reagan was also a Sci-fi fan and appointed many sci-fi writers to government think-tanks.